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Dive into the Sonic Soup at Listen: Making Sense of Sound

For Immediate Release:
July 01, 2007

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Dive into the Sonic Soup at Listen: Making Sense of Sound

Listen: Making Sense of SoundWith Over 55 Exhibits, Continues for Summer 2007

Dive into the sonic soup. Listen: Making Sense of Sound, a major new 5000-square-foot Exploratorium exhibition, three years in the making, features over

A visitor tries the
Eavesdropping exhibit

fifty-five interactive exhibits, forty of them brand new. It continues at the Exploratorium throughout Summer 2007 and beyond. In the exhibition, listen as a musician does for the patterns that form the structural framework of musical composition. Or sort out the aural clues that evoke a sense of place – automatic doors and cash registers vs. teaspoons clinking against cups and espresso machines. Explore the physiological processes of hearing, human speech and communication, and take a host of sonic journeys. Combining exhibits, activities, demonstrations, specially commissioned artist-created listening environments, as well as public programs, this exhibition invites you to experience – as never before – the nature of sound, the ways in which humans perceive sound, and, most importantly, how you listen. There is even listening at home via the web at www.exploratorium.edu/listen

This exhibition is a place to listen as a deer does when you try on alternative ears and learn the ways the shape and orientation of an animal’s ears affects the sounds it hears. Or, like a snake, listen with your teeth and jawbone – turns out you don’t even need ears to listen at all! Navigate an underground train with a blind person as your guide. Swap the soundtracks of well-known movies to uncover the powerful influence of sound in creating mood. Listen combines the active, engaging and dramatic experiences for which the Exploratorium is famous, such as a jukebox of very unusual music, or a 1950’s “eavesdropping” hairdryer hood, with far more contemplative sound environments. Listen: Making Sense of Sound is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.


Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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